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By Michael Jessen on Sunday Jul 12 2020

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley 

We humans too easily turn wants into needs and now we are struggling collectively with the problem of excessive wants.

For many decades, human activity has been intensifying the negative effects on Earth’s water, air, soil, and climate.

These are the elemental building blocks of our lives and we are ravaging their gifts.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 10 2020

Interior Health in a media release Sunday said further testing of individuals who gathered at various Kelowna locations between June 25 and July 6 has identified additional locations in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited the two other locations on the dates noted are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they have those symptoms:

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday Jul 10 2020

An Alberta police officer wowed a local couple with her caring, kindness and assistance last week while coping with the aftermath of a nighttime robbery.

Castlegar's Daniel Gagnier is accustomed to service – not only are both of his parents well-known volunteers in the community, he has also served the past year and a half as a Private in the Canadian Armed Forces in Petawawa, Ont.

What was new for Gagnier was being the recipient of above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty service from a Lake Louise RCMP officer who went out of her way to help out during an emergency.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 09 2020

In a bizarre twist to a police investigation into a downtown break-and-enter, police apprehended a Trail man who allegedly left a note - including his name -  admitting to having committed the crime.

According to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, a 33-year-old Trail man has been arrested and faces potential criminal charges in connection with this and other break-ins downtown.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

A dramatic and potentially very dangerous series of events Friday ended peacefully, with one man taken to hospital for treatment of a mental health crisis, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

Police and the BC Coroner's Service are investigating the sudden death of a Maple Ridge man after a fishing accident near Trail, according to Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 3, at 1:54 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to an incident where a fisherman fell approximately 20 feet down the bank of the Columbia River while fishing in the area of the Waneta Bridge near Trail," Wicentowich said in a press release.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced yesterday that charges have been approved against Trail RCMP Const. Steven Allan Murchie of breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office, criminal harassment, and forcible entry.

The charges involve allegations of misconduct against two individuals between January 2017 and May 2020 at or near Trail. An Information charging Murchie with these Criminal Code offences was sworn on July 3, 2020, Rossland court file no. 22787-1.

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Jul 08 2020

Transit ridership is down in a covid-19 infused world in Nelson but not nearly as drastic as most areas of the province, noted a BC Transit official.

Chelsea Mossey, government relations manager for BC Transit, said transit ridership in the Heritage city has dropped by 47 per cent compared to this time last year.

However, that pales in comparison to the 60 to 80 per cent drop in ridership in most transit systems in B.C., she told city council recently during its committee-of-the-whole meeting.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jul 06 2020

Police have arrested three men allegedly caught looking to buy drugs, likely for trafficking purposes, according to Salmo RCMP detachment commander Cpl. Darryl Orr.

" On July 2 ... members of the Salmo RCMP arrested three adult males for conspiricy to commit an offence," Orr said in a release issued Monday morning. "The three males were arrested at a location just outside of the Salmo Village without incident."

Orr said $15,000 dollars in Canadian currency was seized from the vehicle the males were driving, along with a small quantity of magic mushrooms.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 05 2020

Rain, rain and more rain.

The Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service in Castlegar said there were only five days without some form of moisture in June as low pressure system after low pressure system pounded the region.

“A succession of roughly ten low pressure systems and associated waves of Pacific moisture passed over the area within the prevailing westerly flow,” said the monthly synopsis from the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service.

“Rain fell at some point during all but five days but the month's total rainfall was 23% below average.”